Student Immigration Service

Working in the UK after studies

Whether you can work in the UK after your studies, and in what capacity, depends on the visa you apply for.

A Guide to the Graduate Route

The Graduate Route is a post-study work visa that will allow you to stay in the UK to work or look for work for 2 years after your degree has been awarded, or 3 years, if you have been awarded a Doctoral qualification.

Doctorate Extension Scheme

This route is now closed to new applicants. Please refer to our Graduate Route visa page for information on applying to remain in the UK after your studies.

Start-up visa

This visa category is for people seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants must have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea supported by an endorsing body.

Skilled Worker (previously Tier 2)

The Skilled Worker visa is the main immigration route for migrants who wish to work in the UK.

Temporary Workers

The Temporary Worker visa route allows individuals to come to the UK to undertake specific types of work for a period of one or two years.